May 06, 2018
On May 27th, I will be celebrating my 33rd year on this planet. Over those 33 years, I have been blessed to experience so much from preforming on the Newington High School stage, to going to school in Washington, DC and visiting all reaches of the world.
As many of you know, I set a crazy goal to visit all 7 Continents before the age of 30, which I accomplished. Since then many of you have seen that I have continued to travel international, visiting over 10 more counties. What few people know is that for the past three years, I have committed my time and resources to improve the lives of people living in the DMV.
In particular, I have working with organizations to improve low-income housing and end homelessness and childhood hunger in our area. My decision to support various organizations in these fields is for two reasons 1) I work in real estate, but 2) once the problem of housing and hunger are taken care of people are able to focus on other things. They are able to focus on their health, getting a job or reconnecting with their family. The number of success stories of people restarting their lives after getting permeant housing gives me hope of what we can do. Similarly, when children have full bellies they are able to do better in school, putting them on a path to end the vicious cycle of generational poverty.
A few months ago, I came across The Empowerment Plan, an organization that manufactories coats for those who are homeless. What makes this coat so special is that it can be transformed into a sleep bag at night or worn as an over the shoulder bag when not in use. Therefore, this coat services multiple purposes. The EMPWR coat is a water-resistant jacket is constructed of durable, water resistant Cordura fabric from Carhartt, upcycled automotive insulation from General Motors, and other materials provided by generous donors.
On top of making the coat, The Empowerment Plan they hire single parents from local shelters and provide them with training and full-time employment as seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence. Since their start, The Empowerment Plan provided employment to 39 homeless individuals—all of whom have now secured permanent housing for themselves and their families—and distributed over 20,000 coats to those in need across the U.S. and Canada. This Detroit based nonprofit organization focuses on permanently elevating families from the generational cycle of homelessness on multiple different front.
For those who know me, I don't really make a big deal of my birthday. Its just another day that normally lands around Memorial Day. This year is different. My wish for my birthday is to donate 33 coats to people in need throughout the DMV. This is where I will need your help. Please consider donating to help me provide someone in the DMV a coat to keep them warm. Each coat costs $125 to produce. I'll cover the cost to ship to the area.
I know raising money to purchase 33 coats is a big task especially at $125 apiece. However, so was traveling to all 7 Continents before the age of 30. If I could do that, I can donate 33 coats.
Thank you in advance for your support.
To learn more about the awsome coat, see their website: http://www.empowermentplan.org/the-coat